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Managing Electronic Government Information in Libraries: Issues and Practices
Andrea M. Morrison (Editor)
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0954-6
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $77.00
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232 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0954-6
Year Published: 2008
Managing and providing access to the ever-expanding wealth of electronic government information now available presents a significant challenge for librarians, even those who are government documents specialists.

In two parts, this expert guide from ALA’s Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) provides the necessary resources librarians can use to connect patrons to specific information via government sites and electronic documents.

In part one, the contributing authors discuss historical contexts and contemporary issues of electronic government collections. In part two, they give practical guidance for implementing and improving services.

Deftly edited by Andrea Morrison, this book
  • Navigates the local, state, federal, and international e-government landscape
  • Provides in-depth description and examples for cataloging electronic government documents
  • Suggests outreach methods for sharing resources internally and externally
  • Recommends practical tips for keeping up with electronic government information
Libraries of all types will find this comprehensive book a very useful bridge to serving more patrons through electronic government collections. Offering sound advice for anyone who is or should be working with government documents, this book is especially useful for reference, map, digital, and technical services librarians.

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About the Author
Andrea M. Morrison, the editor, is currently a cataloger of government documents at Indiana University’s library and has served as the past chair of GODORT and in leadership roles for GODORT committees.
GODORT provides a forum for the discussion of problems and concerns, as well as for the exchange of ideas among librarians working with government documents. GODORT works to initiate and support programs to increase the availability, use, and bibliographic control of documents. GODORT strives to increase communication between documents librarians and other librarians and contributes to the extension and improvement of education and training of documents librarians

“The variety of topics covered and the examples given allow this resource to be used in all types of libraries. It is also a good resource for library administrators needing an overview of the complexity of working with electronic information.”

"An important primer on the constellation of curation issues circling government information now 'born digital.'"
--Government Information Quarterly

"Each chapter is written by an experienced government information librarian and GODORT member who has grappled with the issues and problems addressed throughout the book. Some are already authors and/or teachers of courses in government information. This book is an excellent mix of breadth and specificity in an area of major importance and one that will be, and should be, widely consulted by practitioners, students, and administrators."
--Internet Reference Services Quarterly

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